Membership Benefits 2018-05-19T15:51:30+00:00

Membership Benefits

Why should you join the CRA?

Reduced registration for the Annual Scientific Meeting – a $250 savings!
FREE subscription to Journal of Rheumatology – a $295 savings!
FREE subscription to Canadian Rheumatology Association Journal (CRAJ) – a $45 savings!

KNOWLEDGE SHARING

We provide information dissemination through our enewsletter, CRAJ, JRheum and eblasts.

We are supporting the development of guidelines/statements for:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Vasculitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Marijuana
  • Inflammatory Arthritis in Pregnancy

WEBSITE

We have developed a new website to provide “one-stop shopping” for Rheumatologists:

  • Access to members’ directory
  • Employment opportunities
  • Canadian and International Rheumatology event listings
  • Latest news & updates
  • Access to new educational resources
  • Student section – Training programs, Summer Studentship
  • Drug updates

EDUCATION

  • Developed a separate CRA website to host a variety of education programs
  • Developing CME programs
  • Providing accreditor programs through the Royal College
  • Investing in professional development by organizing workshops, symposiums, debates and interesting speakers at Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Providing subscriptions to the Journal of Rheumatology and the Canadian Rheumatology Association Journal (CRAJ)
  • Sending out monthly newsletters
  • Providing key rheumatology books to residents and medical students

NETWORKING

We are developing enhanced/collaborative relationships with:

  • ACR (American College of Rheumatology)
  • AHPA (Arthritis Health Professions Association)
  • Canada Night
  • CMA (Canadian Medical Association)
  • CEO Forum (group of Medical Association CEO’s)
  • CRUS (Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society)
  • CSAE (Canadian Society of Association Executives)
  • CMR (Mexican College of Rheumatology)
  • ORA (Ontario Rheumatology Association)
  • PANLAR (Pan American League of Associations for Rheumatology)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • TAS (The Arthritis Society)
  • Other specialty societies to identify unperceived needs

ADVOCACY

  • Lobbying Non-Insured Health Benefits and Third Party Payers
  • Supporting and providing leadership for Arthritis Alliance of Canada
  • Responding to Health Canada advisories
  • Developing and executing programs that will attract more medical students
  • Participating in the Choosing Wisely program
  • Participating in the Clinical Practice Variations endeavor
  • Participating in the Wait Time Alliance
  • Collaborating with American counterpart to research ethics in Rheumatology
  • Facilitating the collaboration of provincial/regional rheumatology groups
  • Developing a national recruitment program for rheumatology residents

RESEARCH SUPPORT

  • Providing research funding opportunities through CIORA.
  • Providing survey dissemination of selected investigator lead research.